This marks the start of intensive five-day program for the 28 drivers on the Almeria circuit, driving the Tatuus F318 car for the first time.
The 28 women drivers, all of whom are aspiring to compete in the inaugural W Series season, were out on Spain’s Circuito De Almeria for the first time today in the Tatuus F318 Formula 3 car at the start of an intensive five-day selection programme.
It is only five months since W Series was first announced, but a lot has been achieved in that short time and all the race cars were at the track for the women to drive. The 28 hopefuls were also able to meet the Hitech personnel who are running the cars and who they will be working closely with. Along with this they were able to train with the Hintsa Performance team who will be looking after their fitness programmes.
However, even before the start of this programme there was a huge amount of preparation work to do. Fittings for their seats and driver suits had to be completed along with all the paperwork involved in taking part in an international racing series.
On a sunny, but chilly day at the 4.2 kilometre track situated in the southeast of Spain in the province of Andalusia the women were split into two teams. The programme was carefully constructed so they all had the equal amount of time in the car and at the fitness camp.
Dave Ryan, W Series Racing Director, has a tough task ahead of him to analyse all the data and then decide which women will go through, but is confident the programme that has been devised for this will be perfect.
Dave Ryan, W Series Racing Director said:
“The team have already put in a big effort so actually seeing the cars all lined up this morning and going out together for the first time was impressive. We've put a great team together and it’s only going to get better. We’re excited for the season ahead. ”